|• OVIE (King)||H.R.M Ajuwe, Oharisi III (JP)|
Ughelli is a town in Delta State, Nigeria, and one of the 24 kingdoms that make up the Urhobo nation. It also serves as the headquarters of Ughelli North local government area of Delta State, Nigeria. The city is indigenous to the Urhobo ethnic nationals, but there is a mixture of several other tribes from the country, such as the Igbos and Edos. It is an industrial and agricultural spot of Delta State.
Ughelli is in a central location in Delta state and a major town for the Urhobo tribe. The city of Ughelli is ruled by a Traditional Ruler which is known as OVIE, and is passed from father to son. The current monarch is HRM Wilson Ojakovo Oghogovwe Oharisi III.
Ughelli oral tradition has it that the great ancestor and founding father of Ughelli (Ughene) is the second son of Oghwoghwa, a Prince from Benin Kingdom. As history has it, Oghwoghwa in search of his own kingdom first settlement was at Tarakiri and later left for Oviri Ogor (current site of Ogor Techinal College). Due to inter-family crisis, Ughelli left Oviri Ogor and founded Ovwodoawanre (Old Settlement) before the present settlement headquartered at Otovwodo. The first king (Ovie) of Ughelli Kingdom was HRH Awhaide.
Ughelli is one of the largest communities in Urhobo land, both in terms of size and population. The town has several schools owned by a government and private individuals, a general hospital, local government secretariat, good motorable roads. The community is a notable link between Delta North and Delta South. The community is rich is crude oil and gas which is evident in the presence of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). Ughelli kingdom is said to have seven major clans namely; Ughelli, Orogun, Agbarha, Agbarho, Uwheru, Evwreni and Ogor each with a traditional ruler.
Ughelli's Latitude and longitude coordinates are: 5.500187, 5.993834. It is a city in southern Nigeria, located about 30 miles east of the city of Warri.
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